Dear Aidan Community,
It is with great excitement that we present Aidan 2020: Envisioning Our Future, Embracing Our Past. In this 2014 Strategic Plan, we present a vision for a sustainable future and a framework for attaining it. Our planned initiatives will enable Aidan to seize opportunities for growth and innovation and rise to the challenges we face in the twenty-first century, while remaining firmly grounded in the core principles at the heart of our Montessori foundation.
The preparation for adulthood in an increasingly global society is indeed the unique goal and challenge of educational institutions today. Although much has changed in the fifty years since Aidan was established, our enduring focus on connecting children to their community and the world has enabled our School to sustain an influential and relevant role in the new age, well ahead of the reforms underway in conventional education. We remain confident in our reputation as Washington’s premier Montessori school and will continue to affirm our position as one of the region’s leading early and middle childhood educational options.
Likewise, our Strategic Plan reaffirms Aidan’s deep commitment to the authentic Montessori principles and practice that continue to propel us to the forefront of education. Well proven for more than a century, the Montessori environment nurtures life through guidance and interest. The Method is fully integrated, finely-tuned, and designed to optimally support development of children cognitively, socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. It is upon these authentic and fundamental Montessori principles that we plan to secure our future.
Aidan 2020 is an invitation to journey forward with us as we pursue our mission through deep and meaningful connections with and between children, families, faculty, staff, trustees, alumni, neighboring schools, and our greater Washington community. Our objectives are ambitious and attainable, and focus on three aspects of the Aidan experience: Children, Culture, and Community. While each area is independent, they form a cohesive whole, strengthening areas we have identified for growth and opportunity, and leading us toward a vibrant future.
Now more than ever, Aidan requires a commitment on the part of all who participate in the life of our School — a commitment to our foundation, our future, our children, and our role in helping them achieve their greatest human potential. A funding plan will follow as we begin to undertake implementation. We commit to keeping you engaged and informed every step of the way, and look forward to achieving our shared vision for Aidan.
Enjoy Aidan 2020!
Kathy Minardi, Head of School
Dean Garfield, President, Aidan Board of Trustees